Normal School

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Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: 
Nick Arvin, Tom Bissell, Maud Casey, Adam Braver, Abraham Brennen, Ron Carlson, Denise Duhamel, Beth Ann Fennelly, Roxanne Gay, Terrance Hayes, Patricia Henley, Patrick Hicks, Dionne Irving, Kristin Iverson, Dimiter Kenarov, Philip Levine, Margot Livesey, Phillip Lopate, Dunya Mikhail, Ander Monson, Dinty W. Moore, Laura Pritchett, Lia Purpura, Ron Rash, David Shields, Ocean Vuong, Mary Yukari Waters, Christopher Yen
Reading Period: 
Sep 1 to Dec 1
Response Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
A couple
Contributor copies only
Issues per Year: 
1,000 to 2,500

Editorial Focus

The Normal School is an online journal featuring nonfiction, fiction, poetry, criticism, journalism, author interviews, and multi-media texts. The biannual print magazine finished in spring 2019, ending its eleven-year print run.

Tips From the Editor

Read our website and get a feel for normal. Write well; then submit. Check out our website for more information.

We are particularly interested in essays that challenge established norms for the genre or that don’t seem to fit in easy categories of classification. Genre fiction is very unlikely to suit us, but if you think you can sell us on it, well, then shoot it on over. We thought we didn’t want sci-fi until we met some particularly compelling fighting robots, after all. We consider poetry of any style. Please limit the number of cat poems (unless, of course, they are really, really good cat poems).

Contact Information

Steven Church, Editor
Fresno State, Creative Writing
5245 North Backer Avenue, PB98
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Last updated: Feb 15, 2024